7000 shoes laid outside Capitol for children killed by gun violence

Thousands of pairs of shoes were placed on the lawn in front of the US Capitol on Tuesday to mark every child who has been killed due to gun violence since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

The demonstration was coordinated by activist group Avaaz, which aims at inspiring action on progressive issues ranging from poverty to climate change.

The advocacy group Avaaz organized the event, which began 8:30 a.m. ET, with families of the victims placing their shoes on the South East lawn in the "Monument for our Kids" tribute installment.

The 7,000 pairs were laid out near Congress by activists calling for an end to gun violence.

Aside from honoring those who have died due to gun violence, the worldwide advocacy group is also sending a clear message to Congress, demanding that they take action and implement better gun control legislation.

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"I'll be traveling to D.C. literally wearing my son Daniel's shoes, the ones he wore the day he died at Columbine", Mauser said, according to a statement from Avaaz.

The 7,000 pairs reportedly symbolize the number of children that have already been killed in gun-related incidents since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. Of the approximately 96 Americans killed by gun violence daily, about seven are children and teens, the study showed.

The 7,000 pairs of shoes were collected from multiple locations around the DC area. "We can't let any more shoes be added". The parameters available were slightly different, and we were able to access statistics for every recorded death of an individual under the age of 18 for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 (the system does not yet have data for 2017).

"I was happy that we were doing this a while after (the Florida shooting) just to keep beating the drum", said Weiss. On Wednesday, a month since the nation's last school shooting, a 17-minute school walkout will occur across the country to commemorate the 17 students killed.

  • Megan Austin